Most, Jonah

Proposed Medicaid Cuts in Debt Debate Concern Ethnic Health Activists

By Jonah Most

Ethnic communities, especially women in them, may have a particular stake in negotiations over the National Debt now dominating the headlines from the nation’s capital.

One such woman is Laifi Puni, a middle-aged Samoan-American, who visited the La Clinica De La Raza Clinic in Oakland’s Fruitvale district last Thursday with her young daughter.

The Medicaid program (called MediCal in California) covered her child’s care, providing assistance that Puni said is critical to her family. Puni, a mother of four daughters, said she relies on the insurance program for low-income people to cover her medical expenses.